I am going to make a great attempt at being serious here…………….
“d.a.gordon dart creates a quiet peaceful world on her canvases. There is a nostalgic charm in her paintings that gives viewers a feeling of harmony and exhilaration.” Marcia Corbino, The Christian Science Monitor
My work is clean, crisp, colorful and happy. The style is a blend of American primitive simplicity, meticulous rendering and in the case of my paintings, an unmistakable “paint-by-number” finish.
I started exhibiting my work in 1973 and the New Yorker Magazine began buying my drawings in 1975. Thanks Mom for pushing me to send a portfolio to them!!! My paintings have had a darn good time – shown nationally in galleries, juried shows, competitions and solo exhibits. My illustrations went beyond publication in The New Yorker to appear on magazine covers, in articles, books, more magazines, calendars, pamphlets, and in advertisements for major periodicals and publishers.
A true milestone in my career came early on. At 24, I received the unexpected invitation for membership in the oldest continuously exhibiting professional women’s art organization in the United States, the Petticoat Painters. I exhibited for years with these amazing, established painters. Such and honor!
Frustrated with painting in the mid 1990’s I looked to find another way to apply my art and accepted a commission to create a site specific sculpture. It’s a public installation in Sarasota, Florida. The work depicts, in my ever so simple style, in story board form, the evolution of the black neighborhood of Overtown, better known as the Rosemary District. It’s 16 feet of mild and stainless steel and crushed shell titled “Community“.
In 2018 I made a gigantic move from the west coast of Florida to the west coast of California. I draw, paint and design sculpture in a fantastic studio with a view that is knock-your-socks off special.
I remain a bit of an oddity in the art world having given up the agent, the artist rep and the galleries mainly to be able to create what I want to create without pressure and with full control. I can’t do it all myself although I have tried, believe me! I “license” some of my work to companies I feel comfortable with. They produce the paraphernalia – cards and paper products with my illustrations and silly things like mugs, aprons, pillows, buttons, etc. that no one really needs but we all seem to buy.
Best of all, I absolutely love what I do and I am delighted to be able to share it.